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Man bitten by 7ft alligator after mistaking animal for ‘long leash dog’

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One guy remarkably escaped with only minor injuries and the horror of his life after being attacked by a deadly reptile on an early morning walk at a country hotel

An alligator has ripped a chunk out of a man’s leg after mistaking the deadly animal for a dog.

The frightening encounter happened when a 7-foot-long reptile hid in the bushes of the garden of the Warm Mineral Springs Motel in Sarasota County, Florida, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

When the man was out for a walk and saw something that caught his eye, he stopped to look at what he thought was a “long leash dog.”

But he received an almighty shock when the alligator pounced and took a large bite on his leg, ripping some tissue from his member in the process.

The victim found a deputy who answered a call nearby and he was able to help the unnamed man – he was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where his non-life-threatening injuries were being treated.

According to Adam Brown, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the alligator was captured and taken “alive to Townsend Farms” in LaBelle.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s spokesman Douglas Johnson said of the 49-year-old man, “He said the character looked like a dog with a long leash, so he didn’t hesitate to get out of the way.

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“Then the alligator bit his right leg, holding on and tugging at his muscle/tissue. He said he was trying to get away at that point and felt the alligator rip off a chunk of his muscle/tissue.

Brown added, “The man was later discharged from hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.”

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state of Florida has over 1.3 million alligators as the increase in unprovoked attacks has increased.

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